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A new travelling exhibition wants to hear from local communities on how homes should look and feel in the future.


The Present Voices – Future Lives exhibition, commissioned by the Scottish Government with the support of Architecture and Design Scotland, will kick off in Inverness on 4 November, before touring community venues across the country over two months.


The interactive exhibition is accessible to people of all ages and will predominantly be on show in local schools and community buildings. Participants attending will also have the opportunity to take part in facilitated workshop sessions designed to convey the views of local communities to Scottish Government on how housing should look and feel in the future.


The Scottish Government has committed to plan together with stakeholders on how our homes should look and feel by 2040 and the options and choices to get there. The exhibition aims to support the Scottish Government’s wider engagement on the Housing to 2040 vision and route map. The views collected through the consultation and the travelling exhibition will help to inform the Scottish Government’s final vision and route map for housing over the next 20 years, which it is aiming to publish in spring 2020.


The exhibition is curated and designed by Edinburgh University’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA), award-winning Scottish architects Collective Architecture and Peak15 Design, together with Chris Leslie and Sandy Halliday.


Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell said: “Housing has a vital role to play in meeting many of our aspirations for Scotland, including eradicating child poverty and homelessness, ending fuel poverty and tackling the climate emergency.


“Now is the time for us to come together to shape a resilient housing system which works for us all and addresses these challenges. To do that, we need to work with, and listen to, people from all areas of Scotland.


“This exhibition is an opportunity to get the views of school children and local communities across the country on the future of housing. I look forward to hearing directly from people about what’s important for them and future generations so that we can create a shared vision and a plan for 2040 that will stand the test of time.”


The list of dates and venues for the exhibition are listed below:


  • 4 November, Inverness Royal Academy, 18:00-20:00
  • 6 November, Ullapool High School, 18:00-20:00
  • 13 November, Kirkwall & St. Ola Town Hall, 18:00-20:00
  • 20 November, Fort William The Nevis Centre, 14:30-16:30
  • 22 November, Dundee Baxter Park Pavilion, 18:00-20:00
  • 25 November, Peterhead Academy, 18:00-20:00
  • 28 November, Irvine Royal Academy, 18:00-20:00
  • 29 November, Glasgow St. Francis Community Hall, 18:00-20:00
  • 3 December, Portree High School, 18:00-20:00
  • 5 December, Rothesay Joint Campus, 16:30-18:30
  • 11-12 December, Edinburgh Castlebrae Community High School, 16:30-18:30
  • 16 December, Galashiels Academy, 16:30-18:30


For more information please visit the Architecture and Design Scotland website or contact the Housing to 2040 team at

New exhibition seeks local views on future of housing to 2040

News story posted: 23/10/19

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